“It’s something that’s been around for a long time,” said Henry, a 42-year-old ironworker. He and Owens, a 42-year-old customer service representative, said crowded buses are slow buses.
When school is in session, teens cluster near the front, sometimes haggling over the fare and making it harder for women with strollers to board.
“As soon as school starts,” Owens said, “that’s when the buses get ridiculous.”
But some were happy. “Everybody who drives complains to me that it takes them forever,” said Cassandra Alls, a 48-year-old Boston Medical Center receptionist. “I would not want to drive and be stuck in traffic.”
But some of those colleagues haul in from the suburbs. Alls’ two-bus commute from Roxbury takes a half-hour — though she lives just 2.1 miles from work.
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